Jersey Monday: Deion Sanders (Redskins)

And so we come to the last of my Deion Sanders football jerseys (no, I never got one of his Ravens jerseys, and I truly doubt I ever will): the Washington Redskins.

This should be one of my favorite jerseys. I mean, Deion was my favorite player, and the Redskins are my favorite team. But the problem is that this jersey represents everything that's been wrong with the Redskins for much of the past decade. They've gone out and spent money on stars who were past their prime, which has resulted in the franchise winning exactly one playoff game in the last 10 years.

Deion was only a Redskin for one season, 2000, during which Washington went 8-8. Deion's "highlight" as a Redskin was a 57-yard punt return on which he failed to reach the end zone, but set up a game-winning field goal in overtime. Deion finished the year with four interceptions, and failed to make the Pro Bowl in a full season for the first time since 1990 (he also didn't make the Pro Bowl in 1995, but only played 9 games that season).

After the season, Deion "retired", which continued a sad run of me buying Redskins jerseys only to have the player leave the team within a year of purchase (a streak that finally broke a couple years back when I got my Clinton Portis jersey). Deion's departure also freed up the number 21 for use by much more worthy players.

Jersey Monday will continue every Monday until I run out of jerseys to spotlight. And since I’ve got more than 150 of them, that could be awhile. This is the final entry in the Deion Sanders collection.

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